Perched atop the Ferris wheel at last weekend’s Art & Wine Faire on Park Street, Chris Bennett snapped this photo of the festivities. The weekend drew a massive crowd to Downtown Alameda for live music, fair food, rides and other fun. Classic Alameda traditions like dancing to local cover bands and other talent; enjoying a “giant brat;” or browsing an extensive selection of local arts and crafts for sale. Sunday’s Alameda Fire Department Pancake Breakfast also drew hungry families to Fire Station No. 1 to raise funds for the Elisa Ann Ruch Foundation.
The Alameda Housing Authority (AHA) is holding its annual book drive to benefit low-income children. AHA is collecting new and used books for the Children of the World Reading Room at its Esperanza property.
Research shows that learning begins well before a child enters kindergarten. Children, even infants, soak up words, rhymes, songs and images — all important to developing vocabulary, memory and communication skills.
The Alameda Recreation and Park Department in cooperation with Island Aquatics and the Gators swim teams, will host the City of Alameda’s 64th annual Swim Championships in August.
The three-day event will be held on Aug. 3, 4 and 5, at Encinal High School Swim Center, 230 Central Ave., and showcase the best of the Island’s swimmers. The meet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5. Participants will receive awards for first through sixth place during the award ceremony on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m.
American Oak Restaurant will host “Lemonade4Life,” a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), from Saturday, July 28, to Saturday, Aug. 4. During the weeklong event the restaurant will sell fresh-squeezed pink lemonade and donate the proceeds to BCRF. Lemonade will be sold for a suggested donation of $5, however, additional donations may be made in the restaurant or at give.bcrf.org/AOLemonade4life. The event will kick off during the Downtown Alameda Art and Wine Faire with a lemonade stand in front of the restaurant during regular dining hours.